UNDER 200 Leeton shire residents have taken the opportunity to be tested for coronavirus in town.
Since the COVID-19 testing clinic was opened at the Leeton District Hospital grounds, 162 residents up to Wednesday afternoon this week have been tested.
All have so far returned negative results and Leeton remains without a positive coronavirus case in town since the start of the pandemic.
The Murrumbidgee Local Health District has encouraged residents showing any of the COVID-19 symptoms to make a booking and be tested as the state ramps up its testing numbers.
Previously, testing had only been open to those who had likely been in direct contact with someone who had coronavirus or had travelled overseas.
However, that criteria has since been opened up to anyone who may be experiencing any of the symptoms.
Leeton Shire Council has welcomed this news, with mayor Paul Maytom saying it would enable health services to quickly identify those who may have contracted COVID-19.
"Increased testing will assist in identifying and isolating known cases to slow the rate of transmission and ultimately save lives," he said.
"It will also assist authorities to undertake contact tracing to identify anyone that they may have come in contact with to further slow the rate of transmission across communities."
Anyone who believes they may have contracted the COVID-19 virus should call the Murrumbidgee COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 831 099 (open every day from 7am - 9pm) for a confidential over the phone assessment.
Cr Maytom has reminded community members even though the shire doesn't yet have any confirmed cases, it is important for everyone to remain vigilant during the COVID-19 pandemic to help slow the spread of the virus and save lives.
"This includes staying home as much as possible, practicing good hygiene such as regular hand washing and using disinfectant where possible, ensuring social distancing and following all government regulations that are currently in place," he said.
- Dry cough.
- Some people may experience:
- Aches and pains.
- Nasal congestion.
- Runny nose.
- Sore throat.
On average it takes five to six days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.
People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should self-isolate. Seek medical attention if you have a fever, a cough, and difficulty breathing. Call ahead.